* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

2240 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

Update your Tesla now before the windows put your fingers in a pinch

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Shocking behaviour

See title...

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Childcatcher

I believe worse would be....

The head of a child which IIRC was the reason the sensing tech was introduced after a few children lent on window controls whilst leaning out of the opened window leading to choking/crushing of neck and death of said children.

Tragic yes, accident also yes, preventable? Very much a yes with a number of sensible tweaks (force limiters, improved switch designs, inability to use the windows when the cars off and thus unlikely to be unattended, etc)

Kiddy catcher, because as it turns out they were thinking of the children.

Intel pushes out NUC mini PC with Arc graphics

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Meh

Unfortunately...

Unless drivers are better (and frequently updated anyways) I suspect ARC might vanish beneath the waves. I mean, it wouldn't be the first time discrete graphics from Intel became so discrete they disappeared.

They are however having to lie in the bed they made having promised cards would be available, offer good performance and be a reasonable cost. So far they haven't had the best start to this and instead of a good start, which promises more they've disappointed and made no mention on if a second gen is on the way.

By Jove! Jupiter to make closest approach to Earth in 70 years next Monday

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Re: Gas giant

The yanks in surprising twist are largely silent, mainly owing to the absence of oil....

Rare hexagonal diamond formed by crash of dwarf planet and asteroid, scientists believe

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Soooo now we know its well'ard...

What other properties does it have? Is it any better at cooling or conductivity compared to normal diamonds?

Is there a preferred cut shape for this new wonder diamond?

Does it still burn like a diamond too?

Details!

Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test

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Could we not just....

Not bother with the whole elevation/floating thing and instead focus on using maglev as a dragger? Leave the wheels alone and focus on just having the magnets drag the cars along?

Completely random thought and might not work but it feels like an easier problem to solve first.

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extract

Yeah.... Car companies have been doing that for years except its monolithic parts that are the same (say, the engine block) but surrounding bits are different. My wife's car for example have have 0.9, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 litre examples of the same engine. Then you get bits like turbos, physics kinda limit how much you can bugger around with them with the same part (my cars got a van engine in, the car has one massive turbo, the van more power and 2 smaller turbos... Though the car is significantly more efficient so different floats)

NASA picks a tailor for Artemis moonwalking suits

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Re: " ... land a woman and person of color ... "

That alien nazi moon base is right out then?

Heil Zxyrumpbbb-¦™¬¶§gibhnnnn the 3rd.

South Korea takes massive step toward sustainable nuclear fusion reactions

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Yeah, cool story buuuuuut.....

Look at the fuel.. Not the easy to find deuterium but the trickier tritium stuff. There's one place making it on mass (if half a ton a year can be considered mass) and it has a half life around 12 years.

There's a big looming problem that everyone's ignoring and will kibosh all attempts if there's nothing to run the things on.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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In a world of scandals and lowest common denominatiors

She managed to stay a glorious figurehead and a humble human being (considering her position). She was the countries daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and it shall be a shame to not see her come Christmas day before carving up the turkey.

I too aren't a staunch royalist (my wife from an ex-colony cried over the news at dinner whilst I just felt a small sadness over the enevitablity of it all) but she was a touchstone for the nation. A constant rock in uncertain times, she will be missed.

Now, let's just hope Charles III doesn't end up like the first of his namesake...

Voyager 1 data corrupted by onboard computer that 'stopped working years ago'

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Re: 70's Tec

I own and collect numerous bits of 70's hifi tech. Usually it's bad capacitors or resistors drifting from spec.

So far I've yet to push the kit enough to have chip failures but I could probably sort them too.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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Re: Conference Confusion

Our offices really big conference rooms do have a nice laminated sheet with instructions in big letters, big images and generally quite fool proof.

Unfortunately, the kit only uses VGA connections and is a huge 200 rear projection screen that's about as focused as a BOFH on the 3rd pint at half past beer o'clock during an emergency release by the marketing team.

When it is focused, it's dimmer than a crayon muncher with colour control app for his desk lamp...

The spider phone works really well though.

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You do sort of have a point....

It's only after marrying has a very senior Consultant Anesthesiologist (a consultant on 3 separate continents now) friend of mine learned to tie his shoelaces. I wish I was joking...

Intel shows how chiplets will form Meteor Lake CPUs

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There's also...

Fun to be had with these binned parts where you can buy a lower binned part and then push it to well beyond its intended performance bracket.

Think AMD Phenom processors. I had a dual core black edition, forced the right setting and a very overclockable quad core (cooling permitting).

Chiplets is just another way to package different performance parts together to create a new product and isn't the first time that Intel's cribbed an idea off AMD (though Intel are taking it a step beyond).

Really it's all down to how good the interconnect fabric is in practice.

Keep your cables tidy. You never know when someone might need some wine

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Re: Leg pull, surely?

I'd rather say it was boot error leading to a localised network transport issue. The liquid cooling problem however appears to have been a root cause.

General Motors charges mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features

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Re: Microtransactions?

I thought BMW had been doing this sort of thing for years? Specifically in relation to indicators (turn signals for those who allow the brakelights to do the same... Which is still a horrifying thought if you have a light out). I mean when was the last time you saw one being used correctly on a BMW?

There can be only one... Microsoft Excel Champion

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Re: Sports?

MotoE, It's better for the Yorkshire folk that way.

Otherwise we'd turn up on standard bikes and wonder why everyone else had battery powered ones...

DoE digs up molten salt nuclear reactor tech, taps Los Alamos to lead the way back

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Re: REstart?

I'd be agitated too if poked with a stick...

Rescuezilla 2.4 is here: Grab it before you need it

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Headmaster

Now there's a blast from the past....

In the WinXP days Hirens boot disk became a must have CD to keep in the desk draw (next to 3 micro USB cables of undetermined functionality, old bluetack, several bulldog clips and that proprietary cable for a device you've long since lost).

Saved a number of PC's from various issues and even viruses over the years, and it's good to see its been updated for modern windows.

Teacher icon, because every day is a school day.

GitLab plans to delete dormant projects in free accounts

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Re: Why change?

Good for you. I've worked for a company where using an old database became the issue. Nothing wrong (well.... That's debatable) with the rest at the time - it mostly worked. But when it hit a 1GB data limit, things got painful to manage. Even more so when 1GB of transactions occurred within a financial year.

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Until...

Suddenly - things move on. Dependencies break, change functionality or become unavailable.

Code that's perfect now, will jot be guaranteed to stay that way. Especially with new operating systems, security patches, browsers etc, etc coming out all the time.

NASA to send prototype robot surgeon into space

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What you mean like

Leonid Rogozov? The Soviet doctor who did the same thing but in the Antarctic? Only with abit more room and gravity to help with things.

Beer icon because there isn't a vodka one.

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy

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Re: Thanking users who choose legal means to get the desired products for their support

Bandcamp also have a kinda good thing going where they can give artists access to manufacturers for certain formats (namely vinyl) but as I've found out recently the lead times can be huge and come from the states leading to long shipping/customs waits.

On the other hand, a number of small local record labels allow me to buy physical albums off them and collect direct (for example a friend of mine runs his outfit from his girlfriends home and is also an amazon driver to make ends meet, I also let him have any shipped record cardboard) which I also enjoy as it means I get to meet the people involved.

None of them are millionaires (said friend is barely a thousandaire....) but these are the people most likely to suffer from illegal downloads, but allowing potential customers to stream the music before purchase actively encourages custom. As did the bandcamp Fridays over Lockdown where the site gave the indies all of the fees, that garnered alot of goodwill from music junkies like myself and the artists.

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I have a few 80's records...

With the really fun "Home taping is killing music" as if somehow tape hadn't existed then (it had but the compact cassette made it fundamentally far cheaper and convenient).

The bands in question still exist today, music still exists today, this too shall pass.

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Re: great majority of them are far from rich

I dunno... Ask Sir Elton John (he was a session musician first before he did his own thing).

James Webb, Halley's Comet may be set for cosmic dust-up

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Having met...

One of the space boffins using the JWST for his work last weekend (Bluedot festival - fun times) he was mentioning about it being a rare thing that luck plays a huge role in how long it lasted, but that saving the fuel will help massively since it means they can move it more to cope with damage.

He also mentioned that he half expects it to be demolished by a passing Tesla... Not entirely sure if he was joking.

NAND flash prices expected to plummet 8-13% in Q3

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The funny thing...

About pricing things high and then making them difficult to even buy is that everyone starts to just make do with what they've got.

We've also reached a point where unless you've got a very intense workload upgrades aren't the big technical leap they used to be every few years.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

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In my school...

We also had an electronics lab. Went to do it at A-level to discover it was a joke. I knew more than the teacher (having made a 7 chip calculator in school) and got bored of the whole thing.

The closest I got to a decent project was a lift control mechanism - 7 sensors provided we needed to use at least 2, maybe 3 and use an EPROM to control it.

I made mine with 5 (would have used all 7 but not enough EPROM inputs to handle them) and able to work on hydraulic, screw and cable lifts with a circuit half the size of the rest of them.

Never did go to uni in the end...

Microsoft intros clothing line that is absolutely not leftover conference swag

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Ahhhh

A penguin suit is indeed a fine choice, though I believe a red fedora would be a step too far.

Watch a RAID rebuild or go to a Christmas party? Tough choice

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You should

Always be wary of blue flashing lights...

Red ones means it's all too late.

The return of GPUs on sale may be tech world's monkey's paw of 2022

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You're all forgetting....

A single or couple of chips does not a graphics card/motherboard make.

There's plenty of other bits in the chain that can delay things - circuit boards, solder I think are still OK but Capacitors I know are an issue as certain high quality but reasonable priced stuff is now rare as rocking horse teeth.

Admittedly I've been buying hifi grade ones (including for crossovers in a pair of headphones... The 70's was a wild time) but pretty sure electrolytics would be made in the same factories.

Tech professionals pour cold water on UK crypto hub plans

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Re: Meanwhile...

I keep hearing that term but I refuse to think Dave Lister would have anything to do with Crypto...

around the 50 second mark to be exact...

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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Brown trouser moment...

I can only imagine the strained look on the faces of the security team when this was explained to them.

I will admit though that I've heard of security going down the crapper but never past the crapper and out the otherside..

Getting that syncing feeling after an Exchange restore

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Schrodingers backup...

You never really want to be the one to collapse the wave function...

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

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Re: NFT Crypto bad!

It's a shame the old jokes seem to have been forgotten.

I the one along the lines of...

"Join the British Army. Go to new and interesting places. Meet new and interesting people, then kill them..."

I appear to have lost my coat. It was the forest camo one...

Moscow court fines Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitch, UPS for not storing data locally

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Amusingly small.

Even if these fines were paid, they're paultry sums that wouldn't even cover the lawyer fees.

If they're trying to send a message, it's about as effective as a strongly worded letter to the local council. It's not even worth the cost of the stamp, letter and council worker to read and ignore it.

Soviet-era tech could change the geothermal industry

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Re: How deep?

I'd hazard a guess that the holes needed for geothermal are somewhat larger hence the issue. I mean using an oil drill would probably result in something akin to a high pressure hosepipe - somewhat decent for pushing small stuff but not for when you want some real oomph in your violent water.

AWS sent edgy appliance to the ISS and it worked – just like all the other computers up there

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Re: Amazon delivery

I wonder if they have a prime account for next day delivery?

Semiconductor boom could be coming to an end – analysts

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Nothing at all..

To do with the crypto crash? (couldn't happen to a nice bunch of scammers/chancers/fools bros).

I suppose it could also be down to other parts in the chain - capacitors for example have also been getting scarce, wouldn't surprise if this also applied to other parts like the circuit boards or etch chemicals. It doesn't take much to disrupt such an interconnected market as we've been shown recently.

Bipolar transistors made from organic materials for the first time

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Re: Totally of subject

As was Trump from the other side of the pond..

PCIe 7.0 pegged to arrive in 2025 with speeds of 512 GBps

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Not really.....

So long as they're not enforcing a new physical connector then you can plug a PCIe 6 or 7 device into a lower spec mobo and vice-versa. The hardware just has to negotiate as per the highest speeds achievable with both bits of kit and go from there.

If you don't need all the speed, then don't get the latest and greatest. Just wait until price reduction kicks in over time and then invest.

I could see a possibility of crypto miners having a field day with this (faster data rates when splitting the lanes etc) but I couldn't care less for them so.... Yeah.

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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Re: He's partly right

About the only thing I've seen on NFT's (the concept not the monkeys) would involve selling tickets for events. However it does then leave the database still ticking along once the event is over.

But really, that's about the only use case where it works from what I can see without duping people. It'd mean that the tickets could be traded freely, there's already scarcity since you know... Physics and local laws on event numbers, and since each one is an immutable token comes with a unique identify off the bat.

But then we're already mostly there anyway with modern ticketing scanners connected to a database.... So.... Yeah.

Fools and money.

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables

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Re: It gets more fun...

About that Garrard.... You do know it doesn't use belts right? It's a Idler wheel thus uses a rubber wheel instead of a belt...

Other later Garrards yes, but not the 301 or 401's

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It gets more fun...

When you don't just buy a vintage turntable buy amp and speakers too.

I say this as someone with a modern Onkyo hifi that's now in the spare room mostly unused, instead in my study and front room 70's Pioneer amps do the noise making duties. Both were recapped and both sound better than any modern amp I've found that's less than 4 figures.

Also, having a fully automatic turntable (70's Dual affair) is a big smug thing compaired to almost all modern decks.

Still looking for Garrard 401 to own though... One day maybe..

Apple’s M2 chip isn’t a slam dunk, but it does point to the future

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Re: Not a fanboy

I've (currently) got both an i7 2019 Mac book pro and an M1 2021 mac book pro...

Performance wise I've not noticed much of a difference (once I got our build pipeline to actually work on the M1 without breaking or having to re-write everything - but that's another story) but battery life though, that's been a huge difference.

I7 would have been lucky to get to lunch with more than 50% battery after morning meetings. M1 though made it to 1pm before dipping below 90%.... 90% battery after 4 hours work. And that's without it attempting to take off from my desk or be hot enough to keep a coffee mug warm.

That alone was a big deal to me as it means I can get away not needing to drag the charger in to the office with me.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: Optional Chargers

The FOD issue also applies to lightning ports, barrel plugs etc.

Waterproofing it is quite doable (just ask Sony since their Xperia's have been waterproof from mid tier upwards since they started the range).

The USB C is also an order of magnitude more robust than micro or mini USB ports, so less stuff binned because the port died.

Regarding having all those extra cables thrown out - short memory have we? Don't forget Apples had 3 cables thus far (30 pin with Analogue out firewire+usb, 30 pin no analogue USB 2.0 only out and lightning cable).

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year

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Obligatory xkcd..

Is obligatory...

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That could be...

A result of vi itself though since that would mean closing that one terminal you can't close to update it...

(yes, I know its perfectly functional when you learn the arcane key combinations to be able edit and close but it irks me having to look up how to close it everytime because I can never which bloody key to press to allow it listen to furious mashing of the 'q' key)

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Re: VSCode is great but...

Ahhhh, so you're a tab user then.

OK, OK I'm going, there's space enough for bo.... *ducks to avoid thrown table, chairs and glasses. Grabs coat and runs whilst muttering 'at least decide if it's two or four spaces' *

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